AUSTRALIA – Bushfire Building Council of Australia announced an app on Wednesday, which allows renters and homeowners to easily gauge how at-risk they are of a destructive bushfire.
Using the app, households will enter their address to assess the risk of bushfire at their location.
Households will then be asked a series of questions about their home and landscaping.
A Star Rating (one-five stars) will then be provided for the property, along with a tailored list of site-specific measures that will help achieve a higher rating, ultimately making their house safer and less flammable.
Former Victorian fire chief Craig Lapsley said the app had been more than 10 years in the making.
“It’s been a decade and it really had to come to a head with the Black Summer fires,” Mr Lapsley said.
Approximately 3,000 homes were destroyed in the Black Summer bushfires, with an unprecedented 1.8 million hectares of land burnt.